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Critics reviews
That Obscure Object of Desire
Luis Buñuel France, 1977
A French and Spanish co-production, That Obscure Object of Desire is of two minds, straddling the discrete worlds of man and woman, past and present, bourgeois and bohemian, domestic and urban… Set against the backdrop of a terrorist insurgency, That Obscure Object of Desire portrays sexual desire as a literal battleground, where the stakes are high and the opposition is a shapeshifter.
March 29, 2017
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That Obscure Object of Desire is surreal insofar as it depicts an extreme that is horrifically logical: the inability to express one’s true emotions. The film presents a world in which a woman is capable of pathologically taunting a man who tries to buy her affection, if only because they cannot clearly communicate their honest desires to one another.
August 08, 2014
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The film’s most striking image comes late in the story, as Rey pauses before a shop window to watch with excited intensity as a seamstress sews up a tear in a bloodstained silk nightgown. The shot returns us to the very start of Buñuel’s career, to the similarly sexualized gashed eyeball at the beginning of “Un Chien Andalou.” But this time the rip is being repaired, rather than opened, reversing the trauma of sexuality but also suppressing it…
March 29, 2013
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[Buñuel’s] films maintain the power to inflame filmgoers still passionate about indulging their imaginations, encountering along the way things mysterious and outré, in an era that seems ever more inclined to empty spectacle and easy answers.
March 08, 2013
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Like all films where nothing exists but the logical sequence of situations, That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) transfers very well to television. Nothing distracts from the essential, since only the essential is left.
November 29, 1988
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